Fred Hoiberg’s recruiting momentum continued late on Monday night as 2019 power forward Kevin Cross committed to the Huskers.
Thanks to the man above 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/J2BlWsCNF8
— Kevin Cross (@saykev_2x) May 14, 2019
Cross is a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward from Mills University Studies in Little Rock, Arkansas. Cross announced early on Monday that he would be signing his letter of intent at a school ceremony on Tuesday at 11 a.m. but apparently couldn’t wait until then to make his announcement.
“We are excited to have Kevin join our program.” Coach Fred Hoiberg said in a release. “He is a skilled big who brings versatility to our frontcourt with his ability to score both inside and out. We think he is a player who will develop in our up-tempo system."
He visited Lincoln the weekend of April 26 then took visits to Oklahoma State and TCU, his other two finalists. Cross received his first offer from Illinois in late March and Southern Miss also offered in early April.
MaxPreps only lists one game for his senior season — a 29-point performance on 9-of-13 shooting and 11-of-14 from the foul line — but he put up 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a junior, shooting 63 percent from the field, 6-of-20 from 3 and 75 percent from the free-throw line. As a senior, he led Mills to a runner-up finish in the 4A state tournament in Arkansas.
Per Nebraska’s release, Cross averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and two assists as a senior. He put up 24 points and nine rebounds in the state title game and also recoreded a 29-point, 21-rebounds game this past season.
Cross is the third commitment for the Huskers in the past four days, joining Nevada transfer Shamiel Stevenson and 2019 French recruit Yvan Ouedraogo. Cross and Ouedraogo visited Nebraska during the same weekend, and now they’ve committed on back-to-back days.
Cross’s commitment leaves the Huskers with one open scholarship, pending Isaiah Roby’s NBA Draft decision.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.